The New Computing Curriculum
Why the change ........................?
The education secretary (at the time), Michael Gove, said,
“ICT used to focus purely on computer literacy – teaching pupils, over and over again, how to word-process, how to work a spreadsheet, how to use programs already creaking into obsolescence; about as much use as teaching children to send a telex or travel in a zeppelin.
Our new curriculum teaches children computer science, information technology and digital literacy: teaching them how to code,and how to create their own programs; not just how to work a computer, but how a computer works and how to make it work for you.”
So what will your children be learning?
Key Stage 1 including Early Years (Years R, 1, 2)
Children will be learning about algorithms This will involve working with programmable toys (floor robots) and with computer programs. Algorithm may sound like a very grown-up word but it is simply the name for a set of instructions. They will learn how to identify and fix mistakes (bugs and debugging) in simple programs that they have created themselves; this helps to develop logical reasoning skills. Pupils will continue to use 'traditional' programs such as spreadsheets, desktop publishing, word-processing and multi-media applications to “create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content”.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3): Older pupils will be creating and debugging more complex programs and learning about such concepts as variables and “sequence, selection, and repetition in programs”. They will continue to develop their logical reasoning skills and learning to use websites and other internet services, including finding out about the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web! They will learn how devices can be used for collecting, analysing and presenting back data and information. In addition, as in Key Stage 1, pupils will continue to use 'traditional' programs' as in Key Stage 1.